Electronic Medical Record Retirement
The only thing worse than not having enough data, is having too much data.
Providers trying to research patient history typically need to access two, three or maybe twenty different EMRs to get a complete 360 degree view of a patient. In accessing these multiple EMRs, thay also have to navigate varied standards (pounds vs kilograms, Celsius vs Fahrenheit, etc), varied interfaces (“is it F1? Or, selecting an option from a drop down?”) all while trying to treat a patient within a service time window.
Information Technology has a different problem. They are supporting 10, 20 or more than a 100 separate EMRs, wasting costly data center space and the multiple associated overhead (power, cooling) and maintaining computer servers and hardware that is more than 20 years old. And, the staff who at one time knew these varied EMRs have retired and the vendor support contracts keep getting higher and higher, if they are even available.
Without a doubt, the data must be retained to comply with HIPAA mandates and retention policies. However, those mandates and policies do not require retaining the original systems and applications. Those mandates and policies only extend to the data.